It’s pretty hard to imagine anyone BUT Jennifer Lawrence playing the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise, but before she was cast, lots of other young stars were considered.
That’s right, back in 2011 it was announced Jen had won the highly coveted role, but there were at least 11 other actresses who had a chance at the once in a lifetime part. Some you might have previously heard about, but others who were in the mix might come as a surprise. See who was thisclose to playing Katniss by clicking through the gallery below!
1. Emma Roberts
While promoting Screan 4 back in 2011, Emma opened up about auditioning for the role of Katniss. She told MTV: "I was definitely interested in it, but it was just one of those things that didn't end up happening."
2. Jodelle Ferland
You might recognize Jodelle as Bree Tanner -- the ill-fated vampire -- from The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Apparently at one point or another she was up for the role Katniss.
3. Lyndsy Fonseca
This Nikita star could have had the role of a lifetime in The Hunger Games but it just didn't work out for her.
4. Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse obviously didn't get cast as Katniss, but she did star in another YA adaptation -- The Host -- although, it wasn't nearly as successful as The Hunger Games.
5. Abigail Breslin
Abigail was considered for the role, but she did end up starring in another YA flick: Ender's Game.
6. Haliee Steinfeld
Speaking of Ender's Game, before she was cast as Petra, Hailee almost snagged the role of Katniss.
7. Kaya Scodelario
This British actress didn't end up with the role of Katniss (duh) but she will star in the big screen adaptation of The Maze Runner out in September 2014.
8. Emily Browning
She showed she could kick butt in Suckerpunch, but that wasn't enough to get her cast as Katniss.
9. Chloe Grace Moretz
Yep, Chloe was one of the actresses considered to play Katniss. However, she did beat out quite a few actresses to star in the Carrie remake.
10. Shailene Woodley
This one was probably the most obvious, but apparently Shailene was cool with not getting the role. She told MTV: “Yeah, I definitely auditioned. It wasn’t, like, a great audition. But I think that Jennifer Lawrence is perfect for that role. She’s so strong as a woman and one thing that I really love from her is that I love it when women live from their groin, just to say they own their woman power and she totally does."
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